Oxford Uni rugby star teaches ‘Good Lad’ classes to school kids
They want to put an end to sexting
A group of well-behaved rugby boys have been teaching Oxford students how to not be sexist – and are now taking their lessons to schools.
Having tackled lad culture uni and are now attempting to curb sexting in schools.
Led by Emma Watson’s ex Matt Janney, the Good Lad gang booted sexism out of the changing room with compulsory workshops for the rugby boys.
And they’re now passing down their classes to a younger audience.
They teach men to “become agents of positive change” with classes on consent, sexual harassment, masculinity, peer pressure, banter, social capital, power and responsibility.
The workshops are led by French and Russian language student Matt Janney – superstar of the Oxford rugby team and ex-boyfriend of Hermione herself, Emma Watson.
Emma once admitted she had experienced sexism since the age of eight and has called for men and women to band together for gender equality.
The former lovers met during Emma’s brief stint in Oxford studying English at Worcester College.
But her hectic work schedule and Matt’s uni studies were blamed for their “amicable” split at the end of last year.
Good Lad workshops were developed by Dave Llewelyn, an Oxford postgrad student.
He started out after noticing girls being groped and humiliated by drunken lads in college bars or town clubs after matches.
Dave said: “This was a deeply entrenched issue at Oxford.”
The uni’s Pembroke College rugby club caused outrage two years ago after its social secretary fired out an email inviting players to “pick” a female fresher, then spike her wine with “a substance of your choice”.
Llewelyn said the workshops, which all college ruby boys have to attend, were being introduced to schools to stop laddish culture developing – with St Edward’s School in Oxford being the first pilot.
On their website, the Good Lads say: “Most men conceive of themselves as, at heart, being good men – ‘good guys’, ‘good blokes’, ‘good lads’.
“Even if they do not always live up to this aspiration, it remains as an ideal against which they can assess their action.
“Within the framework of Positive Masculinity, complex gender situations are no longer simply about conforming to minimum standards.
“Instead, they are reframed as identity defining opportunities to create the most positive outcome available for women, themselves and other men around them.
“A Good Lad has the courage to take responsibility for enhancing the lives of themselves, their groups and of those around them.”
Tom Shaw, St Edward’s School’s assistant chaplain who booked the boys told The Times: “There is a lot of laddish behaviour among teenage boys generally.
“They are growing up in a culture which continues to perpetuate particular stereotypes of men and women.
“Most young people across the UK are experiencing issues like sexting so it would not be surprising if our pupils were not.”
Oriel College student Matt Janney’s year-long romance with Emma Watson might have ended, but the hunky undergrad was named as Oxford’s most eligible bachelor.